After a $50-million renovation, the landmark Ocean Center Building in Downtown Long Beach has reopened as housing, developer Pacific6 announced earlier this month.
The 14-story building, completed at 110 E. Ocean Boulevard in 1929, is a well-known local landmark due in part to its unique Spanish Renaissance Revival design featuring a gable roof and towers. Meyers & Holler, the architecture firm behind the project, is also known for its work on the Chinese and Egyptian Theatres in Hollywood.
Pacific6, which acquired the property in 2017, worked to restore vintage elements of the Ocean Center Building, including its lobby, terrazzo flooring, elevators, and stairs. Original corridors are preserved on each level, along with office doors and hardware intended to evoke 1930s film noir.
The interior includes 80 apartments in a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom layouts, with modern finishes that mark a contrast the to the vintage common areas and exterior. A leasing website for the Ocean Center Building advertises studio units as small as 520 square feet starting at $3,000 per month and two-bedroom units up to 685 square feet in size commanding at least $5,140 per month. Penthouse units occupy the uppermost floors of the building, including a two-story, two-bedroom unit in the tower structure which asks $14,000 per month.
Other common features of the project include a trio of rooftop amenity decks, as well as a fitness center and parking for vehicles and bicycles.
Once located at the gateway to the Long Beach Pike, the Ocean Center Building still stands along a busy stretch of Ocean Boulevard, abutting the 216-unit Oceanaire apartment complex, which was completed in 2019, and across the street from a parking lot slated for redevelopment with a 30-story hotel tower. The surrounding blocks have also recently seen to other rehabilitations of older buildings: a 1960s office tower turned housing at 200 Ocean Boulevard and the Breakers Hotel, which is also being led by Pacific6.
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